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Escaped inmate apprehended in vacant Beverly Shores home

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The Indiana State Prison inmate who escaped from a work detail on Wednesday made it as far as Beverly Shores before being apprehended, the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) is reporting.

Travis Hornett, 39, of Waterloo, Ind., a convicted burglar, was on a work detail on prison grounds on Wednesday afternoon when he dropped tools and walked away, heading westbound.

DOC staff and local law enforcement succeeded in tracking Hornett to a vacant home in Beverly Shores which he’d forcibly entered and took him into custody shortly after midnight, DOC said.

“Once confronted in the Beverly Shores home by members of the IDOC Fugitive Apprehension Unit, along with members of the Indiana State Police and other local law enforcement officers, Hornett surrendered without further resistance,” DOC said. “Neither Hornett nor any officers were injured as the result of his re-capture.”

Hornett is now facing new charges of escape and residential entry, DOC noted.

“We greatly appreciate the effort and assistance of the State Police and local police agencies who worked side-by-side with our Fugitive Apprehension Unit to get offender Hornett back into custody,” DOC Commissioner Rob Carter said.

Meanwhile, the ISP is looking to find the owner of a backpack found in Hornett’s possession at the time of his re-capture, “acquired by unknown means while he was fleeing” and believed to have been taken from a local beach in the Beverly Shores area.

Anyone missing a backpack is urged to call ISP Det. Mike Bailey at (219) 690-0039.


Posted 7/11/2019




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